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April 28, 2005

April the Twenty-eighth

This day in history:

April 28, 1967

Saying, “I ain't got no quarrel with those Vietcong,” Cassius Clay, going under the assumed name of Mohammad Ali, refused induction into army. He claimed his religious convictions made him a “consciencious objector”. Clay, who claimed to be a Moslem, was a notorious womanizer and made his living beating people up. On this day in 1967 he was stripped of his boxing title and his license to fight. When asked for the return of his Olympic medals, he claimed he'd thrown them into a river in protest of racism.

The US Supreme Court in its “infinite wisdom” overturned the decision in 1971. He was also beat that year by Joe Frazier.

In related news, Outside the Beltway reports that Ali's first opponent, Tunney Hunsaker, has died.

1878 Lionel Barrymore (Mr. Potter from It's A Wonderful Life)
1937 Saddam Hussein (The coward in the spider hole)
1950 Jay Leno (Tonight Show host)

Posted by Danny Carlton at April 28, 2005 10:43 AM

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